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Local Giving Day-Grow Your Tenner, Tuesday 11th December 2018

Today Local Giving campaign, kicks off at 10am, 11th December 2018, (we) Shropshire Disability Network will have the opportunity to benefit from doubled monthly donations for a full 6 months. 

Anyone wishing to support our charity can set up a direct debit of up to £10 during Grow Your Tenner 2018 will have their donations matched for 6 months (after an initial 6 months of unmatched donations. The campaign will run until the match funding is fully allocated or 12am on Thursday the 10th January – whichever comes first. 

To donate to us click here: https://localgiving.org/charity/shropshiredisabilitynetwork/

Local Giving Rules:

  • Supporter limits: Each supporter may set up one Direct Debit donation to a Localgiving member they wish to support through the campaign. No more than one Direct Debit may be set up per individual to each Localgiving member, but a supporter may donate to as many charities as they wish.
  • Charity limits: Each charity may receive up to £5,000 match funding. Donations to the charity will be matched until their limits are hit or match funding has run out, or the campaign ends.  
  • Match fund size: We have a match fund pot of £100,000.

To find out more about Local Giving click here: https://shropshiredisability.net/local-giving/

To donate to us click here: https://localgiving.org/charity/shropshiredisabilitynetwork/

Shropshire Disability Network wishes to thank all who support our charity by donating financially or by giving their time to us.



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Your Voice October-November 2018

This edition of Your Voice brings you information about help with heating, accessible training in historical research, photography for wellbeing, a TV cookery competition, warding off flu, children’s mental health services, and an inclusive carol service.

It also updates you on Shropshire Disability Network and Safe Places Shropshire’s activities, including, a “high-flying” fundraising challenge.

Log in to the Members’ Area at the top right-hand side of this page, and then download your copy of Your Voice by clicking on the link below. If you have suggestions for future editions, please email [email protected] . Happy reading!

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Charity Titan Zip Wire Challenge, October 2018 by Ann Shaw, Secretary SDN

Titan Zip Wire Blog

Part One

My friend Jess is a very brave person.  She continually pushes the boundaries of what people believe a person living with disabilities can achieve.  She has published 3 books with her mum, Jo.  She has won a gold medal for playing Boccia in the Special Olympics, despite only taking up the sport recently.

Each year she raises money for charity by challenging her mum to take part in something that takes Jo out of her comfort zone.  Last year it was abseiling down the MK Dons’ stadium in Milton Keynes.

I had no idea that I would be so closely involved with this year’s challenge – the Titan Zip Wire Challenge in North Wales.  Jess wanted to raise £1500 to be shared equally between Guide Dogs (for whom she volunteers), Macintyre (they provide care for Jess) and Shropshire Disability Network (SDN).

Jess was bitterly disappointed to learn that she would not be able to take part on the day.  The organisers have strict medical guidelines, and, because of Jess’s eye problem, she found out she would be excluded.  This was where I came in.

Back in February, I think I must have been feeling particularly rash.  When Jo mentioned a zip wire event in October, I signed up straight away.  I also signed my husband Allan up.  If I was doing it, so could he.  At least that was what I thought.

Jess and I both have a ‘thing’ about teddy bears.  Cuddles is her constant companion and my house bears are Murphy and Alf.  They became our mascots – the Three Muskebears.  The idea was that they would take part in the zip wire, tucked down our overalls.

If any of you have seen the video on the Titan Zip Wire website, you will know that participants take part in groups of four.  The search was on for a fourth brave bear.  Maude was found lurking in a charity shop.  She had the sort of face that said, ‘pick me’.  So, I did.

 We decided quite early on that the mascots would wear the colours of each charity – purple for Macintyre, Blue for Guide Dogs, Pink for SDN and orange for Safe Places (part of SDN).  Luckily, I can turn my hand to most things.  I made the t-shirts that the bears would wear on the day.  They all looked very smart.

The following seven months came and went, and, to be honest, I didn’t really think too much about what we were doing in October.  Suddenly, I realised the day was nearly here and I had done nothing to raise any sponsorship money for the three charities.  I soon put that right and was amazed at the generosity of my friends and colleagues.  I’m sure many of them just wanted to see me throw myself down Snowdon.

Two weeks before the big day, Allan backed out.  His fear of heights was too much for him.  He thought that I, too, would chicken out when I was presented with the zip wire.  What would happen next?

 Look out for part 2 of this blog to find out whether I made it.

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Countdown – SDN Auction goes online.

You have only 1 day to wait before you can bid online on the various vouchers that have kindly been donated by organisations and members of the public in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

Why not check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ShropshireDisabilityNetwork/ Pick up some fabulous Christmas presents for family and friends.

Do you know anyone called Ann who would like a personalised number plate? Or what about the use of a luxury Audi for a weekend?

Take a look and make an offer on the item you would like? Happy bidding everyone!

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SDN Auction-This Saturday (20th October) You won’t want to miss this one!

Whether you fancy driving a luxury Audi for a weekend or buy a personalised number plate MG52 Ann, or may be treat yourself to a cut glass bowl full of chocolates we have a variety of items to Auction this Saturday 6 pm at Radbrook Community Centre, Calverton Way, Shrewsbury SY3 6DJ. With browsing starting from 5 pm -6 pm you will have the opportunity to see what we have to offer-from a new hair do by a professional hairdresser in Telford, to treating yourself to a special bottle of wine or a CD set signed by Tallon, this is the Auction you will not want to miss. How about a day at a Brewery or bidding on a gift set…..

While SDN has the right to withdraw items from sale, there is so much to offer. This is the list, that we have so far: https://shropshiredisability.net/sdn-auction/

There will be a silent auction. Refreshments will be available during the evening. On arrival you will be offered a complimentary glass of wine.

We thank everyone who has kindly donated to our fundraising event.



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Jess’s Gang-4 Muskebears and 22 Brave Volunteers, did it.

Great news- On 6th October, Jess’s Gang completed the longest Zip Wire in Europe taking on the challenge Jess set for this year. 

We are appreciate all that Jess is doing for McIntyre Care, Guide Dogs and for us at Shropshire Disability Network. The target to raise £1500 is almost there, as donations are being collected in. It may be that you intended to sponsor but have not sponsored yet. Every £1 donation helps Jess her target to be shared between the three charities. It is not too late people can still sponsor this event at this link:  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=JesssGang&isTeam=true

If you missed the story so far, click on each link below:

3 Muskebears, 22 Brave Volunteers, raising funds for 3 charities!  https://shropshiredisability.net/3-muskebears-22-brave-volunteers-raising-funds-for-3-charities/

How 3 became 4. An update on Jess’s Gang -Titan Challenge.  https://shropshiredisability.net/how-3-became-4-an-update-on-jesss-gang-titan-challenge/

A Message from Jess-10 days to go! 


Jess leads Jess’s Gang at the Challenge she set.


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Jess leads Jess’s Gang at the Challenge she set.

By the time most people read this (Saturday 6th October), Jess’s Gang will be on there way to brave the longest Zip Wire in Europe taking on the challenge Jess set for this year. Those who have read our previous news articles will know Jess is unable to take part, due to damage to her eyes, but she will be there, leading the cheers from the supporters. Cuddles, Jess’s teddy bear and constant companion, will be there with them!

People can still sponsor this event at this link: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=JesssGang&isTeam=true  It takes you to Jess’s Gang Fund-Raising page, where you can read how this day came about and what Jess wants to do for 3 charities that mean so much to her. They are Guide Dogs, MacIntyre and Shropshire Disability Network. Every £1 donated helps Jess reach that magic figure of £1500 to be split between us.

To read previous news articles about this challenge click on the links below:

3 Muskebears, 22 Brave Volunteers, raising funds for 3 charities!  https://shropshiredisability.net/3-muskebears-22-brave-volunteers-raising-funds-for-3-charities/

How 3 became 4. An update on Jess’s Gang -Titan Challenge. https://shropshiredisability.net/how-3-became-4-an-update-on-jesss-gang-titan-challenge/

A Message from Jess-10 days to go! https://shropshiredisability.net/a-message-from-jess-10-days-to-go/

Finally, we wish Jess’s Gang good luck and ask the support team to “make your voices heard”. To Cuddles, Alfie, Murphy and Maude, thank you for joining in and wearing the special t-shirts raising awareness of the charities. To all who have given to this event, thank you. To Jess, thank you so much for your smile, your friendship and for doing so much for us.


A Message from Jess-10 days to go!

With 10 days to go until the 4 Muskebears and 22 Brave Volunteers take on the Titan Challenge in North Wales, raising funds for 3 Charities! We bring you a message from Jess:

“I am really sad I cannot do the zip wire, but very excited to watch everyone else do it especially the 4 bears, I want to cheer them all on. If we can get as much money as we can for my favourite charities it will great. Thank you to everyone doing the zip wire and thank you to everyone who has given money it is very important and doesn’t matter how little you give”

There is still time to sponsor this event. 

Sponsor on-line, by clicking this link:  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=JesssGang&isTeam=true

People who prefer not to sponsor on-line, can call or text 07780 852229 to find out alternative ways to sponsor ie sponsorship form or where to send a cheque donation. Every £1 donated enables Jess to reach her target of £1500, enabling each of the 3 charities to receive £500. Thank you to those who have helped Jess reach £605.05 (including gift aid). The charities Jess has chosen  are:

  • MacIntyre – a national charity that has been providing support to people with learning disabilities for 50 years.
  • Guide Dogs – a national charity that supports blind and partially sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.
  • Shropshire Disability Network (SDN) – We thank Jess, for choosing us. We need funds to enable us to be the place for disability information in the county of Shropshire.

To read previous articles and find out more about this challenge, click on the links below: 




Flu Fighter

The Importance of having your Flu Jab

It is that time of year, when we all need to go for our flu jabs. In the link below you will be able to access the ” Flu Fighter Social Care Guide.” It gives valuable information not only to professionals but to all of us. It tells us why we should have the flu jab. It also dispels the many myths about the flu jab ie it is only old people that get flu…the flu vaccine gives you flu…you must avoid other people after you have the flu jab as you will be infectious.

Download the Flu Fighter Social Care Guide and other information at this link http://www.spic.co.uk/downloads/cat_view/32-infection-prevention-a-control/412-flu-fighter-social-care

Click here to see a flu fighter poster click here: Flu fighter social care poster 4

Download a flu fighter word document here: Flu fighter social care poster 4

Shropshire Disability Network supports the flu jab campaign.